Church Review Notes November 2018

The Parish of Saint Catherine & Saint James with Saint Audoen
Canon Mark Gardner Tel: 01 454 2274 Mobile 087 266 0228
Review Distribution: Margery Bell Tel: 01 4542067
Organist: Derek Moylan

Service times every Sunday
10.00 Eucharist, St Audoen, Cornmarket. (Parking in Francis Street is free on Sundays)
11.30 Eucharist (and Sunday School, in term time) St Catherine & St James, Donore Avenue
(Family Service and Church Coffee, usually Second Sundays)

Family Service
Thanksgiving for the blessings of harvest was offered in both Churches in October. Grateful thanks to those who decorated the Churches and provided refreshments. It was a particular delight to be joined by friends and neighbours from St Teresa’s Donore Avenue and most of all Fr Tom Kouijzer, ordained priest a year ago, who addressed Family Service at the church of St Catherine & St James. Thanks also to Eva Power of Eva Power Photography for recording this happy event.

I was delighted to receive an invitation from St Teresa’s Donore Avenue for their Harvest Festival, on Saturday 13th Oct at the 6.30pm family Mass. Fr Alois Greiler celebrated and the children’s’ choir sang. Some member of the congregation of St Catherine & St James were also present. It seems to me unusual to find Harvest Thanksgiving in a Roman Catholic Church but it was a lovely event with lots of lay participation by women and children.

On Sunday morning 11 November there will be an Act of Remembrance at the 10.00 Eucharist at St Audoen’s Cornmarket. Family Service will follow at 11.30 in the Church of St Catherine & St James Donore Avenue, where we will dedicate a new memorial to members of the Carroll family of St Peter’s Aungier Street who served in the two World Wars. Fr Alois Greiler (from Germany) of St. Teresa’s, Donore Avenue, has generously agree to speak, on the centenary of the Armistice. This short service will be followed by tea and coffee. The Archbishop had intended to be present at both services but the inauguration of the President has intervened!

A New Journey
Viji Varghese Eapen, one of the clergy of the Church of South India, writes : I have joined Dublin City University (School of Theology, Philosophy and Music), Dublin for my PhD in Theology. For me and my dear wife Susan, this is just a miracle that bloomed out of impossibilities. With all the very bad medical history, there was a time I had completely said a big ‘NO’ to a PhD abroad. But it was Susan, who kept the fire burning within me. Thank you so much my dear. As I conclude, may I also thank my doctors in the Christian Medical College, Vellore too for their care and love till today. I know the days ahead are tough, but my hope is that the One who took me this far would take me further.
The best thing I liked during my first Holy Eucharist Service in Dublin was when an infant came running to the Altar to receive the ‘Kiss of Peace’. He may or may not know the ‘liturgy’ or ‘theology’ of ‘Kiss of Peace’, but I am sure he knows what peace is. His innocent smile taught me the real meaning of peace… more than what I have ever learned about peace. So, without a second thought, I shared with him the Peace of the Lord. I dream a day when the Altars in our Churches are opened for our infants. Yes, the Altars belong to them.

William Molyneux
Darrell Jones writes : Dear Canon Gardner, I am a postdoctoral researcher at NUI Galway and a teacher in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. I have recently been in contact with Neil Moxham at St Audoen’s Church and Catherine O’Connor at OPW about the possibility of organizing an academic conference at St Audoen’s some time next year. My idea is to hold a one- or two-day conference on the life and work of William Molyneux, the philosopher, scientist, and political writer who had close connections with St Audoen’s during the later seventeenth century, and who is buried there along with other members of his family. There is quite a lot of academic interest in Molyneux at the moment. Four Courts Press have just published the Trinity historian Patrick Kelly’s edition of Molyneux’s major political work, The Case of Ireland’s being Bound by Acts of Parliament in England, stated (1698), and new research on Molyneux’s scientific interests and legacy is due to be completed or published in the next few months. I see the conference project as a good way to enhance academic and popular interest in Molyneux and St Audoen’s at a very propitious time.

From the Dublin Inquirer newspaper.
I wonder does Donal Fallon know that ‘Speranza’ is commemorated in Mount Jerome cemetery? Her name is to be found inscribed on the well-known monument to Sir William Wilde close to the Victorian Chapel. She was closely related to Dr William Maturin, a celebrated preacher and Vicar of All Saints Grangegorman.
Donal Fallon writes : The recent unveiling of a statue of Millicent Fawcett outside the Westminster Parliament was significant for two reasons. It was the first monument to a woman in Parliament Square, and by a woman in the iconic space.
Watching from Ireland, the unveiling of the statue brought to mind an Irish champion of Fawcett’s message who is herself curiously uncommemorated in Dublin. Lady Jane Wilde, who wrote under the pen name Speranza, was a tireless campaigner for social reform and a committed political activist on many fronts in the days of Fawcett. Her son, the internationally renowned Oscar, is commemorated at her home, 1 Merrion Square.
Donal Fallon is a historian, writer and broadcaster based in Dublin. His work has appeared in History Ireland, Spiked, Jacobin and other outlets. He is editor of the Dublin history blog Come Here To Me (
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